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1/7: Improving your Virtual Learning Environment

1 November 2012

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We're building a better University for all our students, and listening to your feedback is crucial in allowing us to do so.

Last year, you told us that you wanted more flexible and reliable access to the University’s VLE.

We took your feedback on board and are introducing some of the latest technology available over the 2012-13 academic year.

Let us know if you like what you see by clicking on the Facebook and Twitter links at the bottom of this page.


For the start of the year, we’ve upgraded Blackboard to offer a very different and more user-friendly look and feel.

Navigation across sites for staff and students has been much improved - find out more in our introduction to Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 8.

To ensure that the system is reliable, it's hosted by a supplier who can guarantee a 99.9% up-time.

Mobile learning and Campus Pack

Over the coming months, you’ll also find:

  • Mobile learning: With the new Blackboard Mobile Learn App, you’ll be able to learn on the go. You can also set up automatic notifications for course announcements and sign up to the University's text messaging service, allowing us to alert you to important news and events. Read more about the Mobile Learn App and download it on our Blackboard help site. Sign up to University text messages on SRSWeb.
  • Campus Pack: This will provide you with your very own Personal Learning Environment (PLE). Within your PLE, you can create and share blogs, wikis, e-portfolios and documents. Visit our Blackboard help site for more details.

Google Apps

Staff and student domains for Google apps have been merged into one this year, making it much easier for students to share the content they create in Google with their tutors and vice versa.

Visit Google Apps for Education for more details.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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